I believed this e-mail scam for about 10 full seconds this a.m., which is impressive given that I am such an Interweb skeptic and Snopes proselytizer. What made it so convincing was that it came directly from a friend's gmail account. Fortunately, that friend is an editorial demigod—a shining star in the grammatical firmament—so I quickly realized that even under duress, the e-mail almost certainly couldn't have come from her.
Here is the full text of the e-mail:
I'm writing this with tears in my eyes,we came down here to
London,England for a short vacation and i was mugged at gun point last
night,at the park of the hotel where we lodged all cash,credit cards
and phone were stolen off me,thank God we have our life and passport
I've been to the US embassy and the Police here but they're not
helping issues at all,they asked us to wait for 3weeks but we can't
wait till then.
our flight leaves in less than 3hrs from now and we are having
problems settling the hotel bills.
The hotel manager won't let us leave until we settle the hotel bills.
you can speak with him through this number +44 702 404 6640,we are
freaked out at the moment
you can wire the money to me through western union all you need is the
Name on my passport and location.
I'll def refund your cash as soon as i get home.
Man, I'm always thinking that if spammers would just spend a *tiny* amount of money on native-language proofreading, they could dramatically lower their CPA. Nefarious grammarians, feel free to steal that business idea.
Almost perfectly square, thin, homogeneously chewy slices of enriched white bread, extruded from a place called "Butter Farm." This was a purchase from Uwajimaya that I couldn't resist—I think mostly because this bread makes me feel like I'm saying, "Computer... two slices of bread, toasted."
Deer Hunting with Jesus. It's a little dated (2007) and written a little too much to "entertain," but I learned a lot, especially in the section on guns. Thanks for the recommendation, CBell. Definitely worthwhile.